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SUMMIT GREEK IK i860, 1861, 1859 and 1862.
Read by Sister Margaret Sant at the home of Sister Rebecca
Pitcher, July 8, 1914.
The Sisters have requested me to tell then how we lived and
what we did here when Smithfield was first settled. I will do the
best I can, after so many years have passed.
Summit Creek was first settled in the fall of 1859, by John
G. Smith, Dudley and Virgil Merrill, Robert and John Thornely, Seth
and Robert Langton, Marshall Hunt, Ira Merrill, Mrs. Wamsley a widow
with four sons and one daughter, Zekiel Hopkins a 3roun.r? lad, Thomas
Mathers, Washington Merrill and a few smaller children, Mary
Chambers and Ellen Langton Barber. These were the first settlers,
and out of that number, only six are alive, Robert and Annie
Thornley, Thomas Mathers, Washington Merrill, Mary jLangton Chambers,
and Sara ELlen Langton Barber, who all live here except Sister
Barber who lives in Logan.
In the spring of i860 a good many more settlers here from
different parts of Utah and there was a ward organized with John G.
Smith as Bishop, and Samuel and Dudley Merrill as councelors,
then the name of Smithfield was given it in honor o:^ the first
The people were camped around in different places until the
Indian trouble of the 23rd of July i860. I have told you. about the
Indian trouble of that tire, when Ira Merrill was killed and his brother
Syliman was wounded, as well as Samue.1 Cousins and one man named
James Read from Franklin were killed and Arthur Cowan was wounded.
These two men were camped near the Creek when the Indians passed them
and killed the one and wounded the other. Ira Merrill was the first
one to be burried in Smithfield, and James Read the first one to be
burried in Franklin. Onlv one Indian was killed, their chief, and